I hate chopping onions!

@dreamy1 (3818)
United States
September 16, 2007 1:17am CST
Do you have any tricks on how to chop onions without crying? I heard if you put the onion in the freezer that it helps. I tried that once but it's really hard to slice a frozen onion. I heard if you cut a certain part of the onion first that you won't cry. Have you found a surefire way to chop onions without crying?
8 responses
• Kottayam, India
16 Sep 07
put onion in the water for some time, then it will be okay for chopping
@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Thanks I will try that.
• United States
19 Sep 07
Great its true it works i really do it
• Philippines
18 Sep 07
There are several solutions to the problem of onion tears. You can heat onions before chopping to denature the enzymes. You might also try ways to limit contact with the vapors: chop onions on breezy porch, under a steady stream of water or mechanically in a closed container. But do not forgo the sensory pleasure and healthful effects of Allium cepa. or burn a candle while you are chopping onions or pour about a teaspoon of vinegar onto the cutting board where you are cutting the onions
@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I didn't know about heating them. I don't usually chop a whole onion at a time just a few slices off of it so I'd be afraid heating it would make the part I don't use go bad faster if I don't use it right away. I didn't think about burning a candle or vinegar I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks
• Australia
17 Sep 07
I find that if I peel and then soak the onion for about fifteen minutes before I cut it that it is better. Although I still get a tear or two, I have quite sensitive eyes though. My grandmother used to say to soak the onion in milk - I haven't tried that one yet..... thanks for making me remember it. She also said to wash your hands in milk to get rid of the smell of onion or garlic from your hands afterwards.
@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
17 Sep 07
That's something to think about. I hate milk so I rarely by it but my bf just bought some Friday so I wish I had your tip when I was chopping them yesterday.
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Cut many onions and to a extent garlic too. Eventually you'll build a partial immunity to it. Some people swear by freezing the onion, cutting it and putting it in the fridge for a bit, goggles, and avoiding the center cut until last. I've done most of those and at least the center cut and waiting the onion out for a bit works out.
@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Goggles hmm haven't thought about that.
@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
17 Sep 07
I have also a sensitive eyes in chopping onions. I am teary eyed after chopping two pieces. Some have techniques like soaking them in water, putting a half slice at the point of a knife. I have tried these techniques but still my eyes tears. Many thank for some informations friends gave here. I'll try some of them.
@raenie (707)
• Philippines
17 Sep 07
I wear glasses so I guess that's the reason why I don't tear up as much---though I do "cheat" most of the time when I "chop" onions---especially when the recipe calls for minced...I use a hand/stick blender! works like a charm-- I just peel the onion & quarter it & put it in the compartment for the blender & voila! quick & tearless onions! I also do this with garlic--just peel & use the blender...hope I was able to help somewhat...=)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
16 Sep 07
try to put some rock salt on the chopping board before cutting onions. it works for me it might for you. goodluck
• Philippines
16 Sep 07
i am not really sure how i do it, but i really have no problem chopping onions i think, its the technique, like the angle of the knife when you cut the onion...